Qigong

All new classes coming Spring 2020

FIND YOUR CALM, FIND YOURSELF, FIND YOUR POWER: Moving Meditation

You’re working in a stressful job, taking care of kids, aging parents, or all of the above. You’re helping out a few non-profits here and there, and fighting your unsettling anxiety and frustration with our country’s current political mess. It seems like you’re getting less and less done, feeling pretty worn out, and barely hanging on by your fingernails. And with all this, you have this nagging feeling that you’re missing something, that there’s got to be something more than all this running around, chasing a buck. Does that about sum it up?

I know what that feels like because I’ve been there. But I found something that has helped me improve my focus, my energy, my sleep, and my overall well-being. It’s moving meditation (or Qigong) and that’s why I created a my classes.       

Yah, I know, you think you can’t meditate because your brain won’t calm down. That’s the point of ‘moving’; it’s much easier to reach that peaceful state when you’re focusing on the simple, gentle moves that I’ll teach you, and the sensations in your body. In each class session, I’ll give you simple tools and a short sequence of easy exercises that you can use on your own, anytime, anywhere.

In fact, once you cultivate the habit of slowing down with these simple movements and meditations, it feels so luscious, you’ll find yourself actually setting aside time to do it.  And with regular practice, you’ll learn to focus better so you get more done; prioritize to spend your precious time on the things that are most important in your life; energize your life force so you can get through the day without feeling depleted; and improve your general outlook on life. Moving meditation offers all the things that traditional meditation does, but I find it to be much more gratifying – but of course, I’m biased.

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My Qigong (pronounced Chee-gung”) ‘moving meditation’ classes uniquely integrate ancient Chinese mind/body/spirit energy cultivation techniques with modern life. Qi is our body’s ‘Life Force Energy.’ We all have it, but in our modern society, we’ve lost touch with it or it’s become depleted. This disconnection contributes to anxiety, depression, and overall poor sleep and health. Qigong uses gentle meditative exercises to access and develop the body’s bio-energetic ‘Qi’ system for greater health, vitality, and self-awareness. With regular practice, practitioners typically reduce stress, calm the mind, increase ability to focus, experience improved emotional functioning, and improved physical energy and health. 

Class times are a combination of discussion, gentle meditative movements, and internal observation. In most classes movements can be done in a standing or seated position, making them accessible for a broad range of physical capabilities. 

“Stephanie has a warm, lovely presence; wonderful, enjoyable teaching style….very focused and helpful…specific instructions that are easy to follow…”

“I learned a lifelong discipline for enhanced wellness and expanding my inner awareness. I experienced a big shift in vitality after each practice, and overall sense of calm, as well as an inner strength.”

Introduction to Qigong

How are your energy levels? Can you get through the day without crashing or relying on caffeine and sugar to boost your productivity? Do you need more balance in your life, or a better way to enhance your spiritual practice?

Your vitality is the direct correlation to your overall physical, emotional and spiritual health. How much energy you have shapes your life and indicates how well or poorly you are aging.

When were were kids, most of us had all kinds of energy and slept like babies. Hormones were running wildly. As we age, hormone production declines; we lose that ability to ‘recharge’ with sleep.

In this class find out how Qigong can help you regain that ‘Vibrant Body and Peaceful Mind.’ You’ll learn simple exercises you can do any time, anywhere to recharge. Exercises may be done standing or seated and are suitable for most physical levels.

“Stephanie has a warm, lovely presence; wonderful, enjoyable teaching style….very focused and helpful…specific instructions that are easy to follow…”

“I learned a lifelong discipline for enhanced wellness and expanding my inner awareness. I experienced a big shift in vitality after each practice, and overall sense of calm, as well as an inner strength.”

Introduction to Qigong Session Options:

Live In-Person Classes: Friday Harbor, WA

On-Line via Conferencing 

Stephanie’s focus and dedication to the practice is superior. She seems to breathe the techniques and sequences from her bones and yet at the same time is very conscious of how the instruction is being received by the students so learning is maximized. She brings a deep level of awareness to the practice which changes the energy of the group to one of acceptance and openness. I really appreciated her approach, encouragement and helpfulness. The practice itself of Yi Ren is very powerful. I felt a strong connection to my energy systems and the benefits of the different techniques. I would highly recommend this school of Qigong as well as Stephanie as an instructor. “

“I’m more able to control my internal stress …

“This class has helped me listen…to life, self, nature, myself”

I have increased ability to release and let go of negative experiences…

“I would encourage anyone to try it on for size, as the benefits could be far reaching.”

Worthwhile class – tip of a positive iceberg..or energy-berg”

“Stephanie has a lovely gentle way about her, exudes kindness, is clear, and very approachable.”

“Stephanie holds the energy in the room beautifully, and enhances the students’ experience of their own energies” “

Very grounding, supportive and easy to follow.”

More about Qigong: Excerpt from  Qi:The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness, Summer 2018, article by Stephanie D. Harper:

‘Qigong is practiced in the internal and external habits that mold us, shaping the outward expression of our lives. Our bodies, like nature, grow from the inside out. Thus, we practice cultivating our qi in our body, organs and the wisdom mind, building the spirit temple in the heart every day. We become soft, supple, strong and responsive, full of vital life force, and become our own alchemists as we transform energy in the body. In turn, we come more in tune with elements within us and within existence, thus we come in to harmony with ourselves and the universe. With practice it comes with ease.”